I love Blu-ray, since it became the winner in the HD clash with HD-DVD it has made it’s way into a lot of households including mine. And the sharpened visuals made my appreciation for the movie as well as the meticulous process behind the Blu-ray a lot bigger then it already was.
So when I heard that Indiana Jones was hitting Blu-ray this year I was excited to say the least. I love Spielberg and I loved those movies since I was a little kid, what could go wrong?
The reviews all gave praise to the transfers as well as the added content, and so came the moment when me and my girlfriend (who was a Indiana Jones virgin) sat down to watch all three original movies.
And that’s where the magic ended for me. We watched ‘Raiders’ and discussed it afterwards. In the opening scene, the blu-ray clearly showed a rope around Harrison Ford’s waist when he climbed up a small hill in the jungle. And then came the corny humor, the scenes not quite connecting with one another and the very dated effects. Now granted, a movie from 30 years back can’t be judged on its effects, and neither will I do so, but it all counted towards me getting a bad feeling. My girlfriend commented on how she felt it was just a myriad of scenes strung together and not a very great story. So ah well, on to my favourite of the bunch since it was the first one I’ve seen: Temple of Doom.
Now I know that this is the most hated entry next to the fourth and final one (up until now that is) and now I can see why. The female lead played by Capshaw was horrendous, basically screaming loudly for 120 minutes and the story was non existent. Even that asian kid from The Goonies managed to become a pain in the ass. So I had my hopes settled on The Last Crusade, which has grown to become my favorite entry of the series.
That one did not dissapoint, even though the ludicrous plot and the sometimes farfetched action bogged it down a bit.
So, skipping the fourth, which is a piece of shit anyway, I get the feeling that the Indiana Jones series are far more overrated when viewed in the light of cinema as it stands today.
At least two out of the four movies are downright bad movies, and the first ( and I know that one is mutually loved ) comes across as corny, in a lesser extent to the third one.
So how do you feel about all this, am I shockingly wrong?